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Sunshine Coast Live has partnered with Sunshine Coast Council and USC to deliver dynamic professional development opportunities for theatre practitioners in the region.




Shaun Bennett and his team of Yes Way Theatre.

DATE:  Saturday 22nd– Sunday 23rd June

TIME: 10am-4pm

LOCATION: The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST Public $70, Member $50, Youth $30.

You can book a single day for half price.


The Improvisation Workshop features Shaun Bennett and his team of Yes Way Theatre. This will be a delight for all ages. Join Shaun for a refreshing play with the very elements that make good theatre work. The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm each day in the Black Box Theatre in the Old Ambulance Station, Howard Street, Nambour.

Shaun Bennett


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Kevin and Lisa Blair:  Lisa and Kevin Blair have been involved in theatre for the past two decades. They’ve studied at several National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) summer school programs, written play scripts, created a community theatre in regional WA from the ground up and along the way have won numerous awards for acting and directing. They currently manage the newly formed SCRIPT Theatre (Sunshine Coast Region Improvisation & Performance Troupe) and have been supporting the Sunshine Coast Live committee for the past year with their professional skills in web development (Kevin) and social media/PR (Lisa).

DATE: Sat 6th July 2019

TIME: 10am-4pm

LOCATION: 20 peopleBlack Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Kevin & Lisa Blair


Maxine Mellor: Maxine Mellor is an award-winning playwright with over twenty works for the stage. Recent awards include the 2012/2013 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award; Inscription’s Edward Albee New York City Residency Scholarship, 2012; and the Max Afford Playwright’s Award, 2014.​ Recent productions include new versions of The Wind in the Willows  for La Boite Theatre, The Wizard of Oz (Danger Ensemble/La Boite Theatre Company), and Trollop for Queensland Theatre Company. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally and is published by Playlab Press and the Australian Script Centre. Maxine is currently the 2019 Playwright in Residence with Playlab.

DATE: Sat 27th July 2019

TIME: 10am-4pm

LOCATION:  USC, Downstairs K Block

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Maxine Mellor


David Erskine is a performing artist and arts educator. He has a Bachelor of Education, majoring in drama, film and music, and has taught in schools and tertiary institutions in South Australia and NSW. His performance career includes working in circuses as a clown-magician and touring with performance troupes specialising in puppetry and mask theatre. In Europe he worked with Commedia dell’arte specialist Mario Gonzales as well as mask/puppetry master-classes with Philippe Genty and Nigel Jamieson. In 1984 he established his own troupe – Fools Theatre Company – touring schools and festivals across Australia and overseas with a repertoire of shows and wandering characters. Currently, David is engaged in a mentorship project for emerging artists. With funding from RADF through Noosa Council, he is conducting master-classes in puppetry and mask theatre, leading up to performances at the 2019 Anywhere Festival.

DATE: Sat 10th August 2019

TIME: 9.30am-4.30pm

LOCATION: 25 people. Black Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

David Erskine


Catherine Steer is originally from London. Her first professional work was in Theatre in Education. Catherine gained an Honours degree in Performing Arts in 1995, continuing to tour with puppetry across the UK and worked as an actor in Trestle Theatre Company and Norwich Puppet Theatre.  She completed her Masters in Professional Practice with USC in 2018.

In 2012, Catherine founded Queensland School of Performing Arts (QSPA) which currently has a studio in Nambour CBD. The company has over 100 students (young people aged 5–18, and adults) undertaking up to 10 productions per year of published and original work. Catherine is trained in a variety of specialist theatre subjects and philosophies such as Viewpoints, Introducing Shakespeare, Mask, Commedia dell’arte, Theatre of The Oppressed and Basic Circus Skills. Catherine has directed over 55 productions and written over 25 plays.

DATE: Sat 7th September 2019

TIME: 1pm-6pm

LOCATION: 15 people. Black Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Catherine Steer


Malcolm Prendeville has been operating in the music industry all his working life. Starting out as a sound technician, he toured extensively for many years with every kind of musical act, which then led to a broad range of experience in the music business as a booking agent; artist manager; major event technical production manager; major event site manager; and venue promoter.  Most recent Sunshine Coast events requiring production supply and operation include: Solbar, 2004– 2010; Noosa Surf Festival, 2012; Festuri, 2014; Peregian Originals, 2010–2015; along with multiple one-off events throughout South East Queensland.  Malcolm trades as PPS Production Services and South East Audio – Audio & Lighting Equipment Hire.

DATE: Sat 21st September 2019

TIME: 9.30am-4.30pm 

LOCATION: 6-12 people. Black Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Malcolm Prendeville


Catarina Hebbard holds both Arts (Acting) and Education degrees from QUT and Griffith respectively and works as a freelance director, actor, voice-over artist, mentor and teacher. As a Director, her most recent credits include: Poison (EG & Metro Arts), Spike Heels (QUT), Look Mum…No Hands!!! and Love Me; (co-director indelabilityarts), the Laramie Project (NIDA open), Bumpy Angels and DNA (The Arts Centre Gold Coast), Dolores (Anywhere Theatre Festival), Head Full of Love (Re-mount & National Tour 2015 QT/C), The Pitch & Eight (QT/C), Grimm Tales & More Grimm Tales (La Boite YAC) Medea Redux: Awkward Conversations (Daniel Evans & Metro Arts), Company and The Boy From Oz (Ignatians) and Machina (La Boite Indie). As Assistant Director: La Traviata (Opera Queensland), Quartet and Water Falling Down (QTC), Faustus (QTC & Bell Shakespeare). As an actor her Film and TV credits include: Girl Clock, the Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Reef’n’Beef, the Down under Mystery Tour, K9 & Sally & Possum. Catarina is the Co-Artistic Director & Co-Founder of indelabilityarts, is an alumni of the Women Directors’ Program, Melbourne Theatre Company (2015), and was Youth and Participation Producer at La Boite (2015), Creative Director of Harvest Rain’s Incubator Season (2015) and Creative Associate at QT(C) (2011).

DATE: Sat 26th October 2019

TIME: 9.30am-4.30pm 

LOCATION: 20 people. Black Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Catarina Hebbard
For more information and bookings.

THEATRELAB 18:19 is inclusive. There is provision for auditors to observe sessions, disability access will be encouraged and workshop spaces allocated for youth.

Contact: Dr Jude Pippen 0428 188 184

TheatreLabs Proudly sponsored by

Supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.